Morning top 5: European leaders meeting on Brexit; Committee sets up abortion referendum; Irish Sign Language set for recognition

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The Taoiseach is attending the European Council Summit this morning as negotiations on Brexit move towards the next phase.

It’s after sufficient progress was made in the first phase of talks - notably the commitment that there’d be no hard border in Ireland post-Brexit.

Yesterday MEPs warned there is no going back on the deal - despite some since-clarified comments by Britain’s Brexit secretary, David Davis.

Following a meeting in Strasbourg yesterday, representatives voted to recommend moving on to Phase Two of talks.


Both sides in the debate on the 8th amendment say they're confident of persuading the public in a referendum vote.

It follows yesterday's vote by the Oireachtas Committee recommending that abortions be allowed for any reason, up to the 12th week of pregnancy.

The Taoiseach has said he would like to see a referendum on the abortion issue in May or June.

Cora Sherlock of the Pro-Life Campaign believes the public will vote to retain the 8th amendment.

However Dr Krysia Lynch, chairperson of AIMS Ireland, believes that when the facts are laid out; the public will vote for repeal.


A 23-year-old woman is due in court this morning in connection with Monday’s shooting incident that injured three people, including a baby boy.

Yesterday, a man in his 40s appeared in court charged in relation to the same incident.

Dan Donovan, formerly of Parslickstown Gardens in Dublin 15, appeared in court accused of having a shotgun in his possession at that address and of threatening to kill someone.

The woman, who was arrested on Tuesday, was last night charged by Gardaí. She will appear before Blanchardstown District Court at 10.30 this morning.


Legislation recognising Irish Sign Language is due to finish its journey through the Oireachtas today.

The 'Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill' enshrines the right to access public services through Irish Sign Language.

The President is expected to sign the bill into law before Christmas.

The Irish Deaf Society has said the recognition is a big step forward for the country's 40,000 deaf people.


Dublin's been left with two fewer 'Freemen' after last night's meeting of the city council. 

Councillors voted to remove the honour from Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and musician Bob Geldof.

The Burmese leader had her 'Freedom' revoked because of her inaction on the Rohingya crisis.

Geldof had already publicly handed back his award in protest at the situation in Myanmar.